Sonic Youth Hits The 'Streets'
Veteran underground rock act Sonic Youth will spend the summer on tour in support of its upcoming DGC/Interscope album "Murray Street," due June 25. More than a month's worth of international dates beVeteran underground rock act Sonic Youth will spend the summer on tour in support of its upcoming DGC/Interscope album "Murray Street," due June 25. More than a month's worth of international dates begin June 14 in Hultsfred, Sweden, and wrap July 27 in Nigata, Japan. The North American leg of the tour kicks off Aug. 1 in Dallas and closes Sept. 1 at Seattle's annual Bumbershoot festival.
As previously reported, "Murray Street" is named for the location of the band's New York recording studio, which is within a block of the site of the former World Trade Center. As a tribute of sorts to the city, the band will play a free show Aug. 11 in Central Park, with an opening set by multi-instrumentalist Wadada Leo Smith and his Golden Quartet.
"On this tour, we're definitely going to do a lot more different, older numbers than we have been for the past couple of years," Moore tells Billboard.com. "We're pulling out a whole new slew of things we haven't done since we were pups."
In the fall, fans can expect the first in a planned series of expanded Sonic Youth reissues. The first album to receive the treatment will be 1992's "Dirty," followed by 1990's "Goo" and 1988's "Daydream Nation."
"It's the full CD, and an extra disc of B-sides, 8-track demo stuff, and some sort of loose tape we had found from the songwriting sessions," Moore reports. "There are a couple of songs that never got fully realized that were completely amazing to hear."
Here are Sonic Youth's tour North American tour dates:
Aug. 1: Dallas (venue TBA)
Aug. 2: Austin, Texas (Stubb's)
Aug. 3: New Orleans (Tipitina's)
Aug. 5: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
Aug. 6: Athens, Ga. (40 Watt Club)
Aug. 7: Raleigh, N.C. (the Ritz)
Aug. 8: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Aug. 10: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
Aug. 11: New York (Central Park Summer Stage)
Aug. 13: Boston (Roxy)
Aug. 14: Montreal (Le Medley)
Aug. 15: Toronto (Kool Haus)
Aug. 16: Detroit (Royal Oak Theatre)
Aug. 17: Chicago (Metro)
Aug. 19: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Aug. 21: Denver (Ogden Theatre)
Aug. 23: San Diego (Del Mar Fairgrounds)
Aug. 25: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)
Aug. 27: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Aug. 30: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
Aug. 31: Vancouver (venue TBA)
Sept. 1: Seattle (Bumbershoot)